Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow weather warning for all of Ireland with hazardous conditions set to hit.
Experts are warning that fog will descend across the country this evening.
The alert is in place for every county from 7pm on Monday until 9am on Tuesday.
It reads: “Fog developing in some areas with reduced visibility leading to difficult travel conditions.”
Motor experts at the AA offer the following advice for driving in foggy conditions:
- Use your dipped headlights at all times plus your windscreen wipers and demisters.
- Familiarize yourself with your front and rear fog lights. Know how to switch them on and off and use them only when appropriate.
- Beware of other drivers not using headlights.
- Only drive as fast as conditions allow and maintain a greater distance between you and the car in front. Tailing someone’s rear lights can give a false sense of security and is dangerous.
- If the road has street lights on you probably don’t need to use your fog lights.
- Be able to stop within your range of visibility. This is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways where you’ll be travelling at speed.
However there is some better news on the horizon ahead of an unusual change to our weather this December.
Met Eireann is forecasting -1C conditions for Ireland on Monday night before some unseasonably warm weather becomes dominant in the days ahead thanks to a high pressure system.
There will be a lot of dry weather on Monday for much of the country with sunny spells.
However, it will remain cloudy in the south and southeast with patchy rain and drizzle and a few isolated showers will also occur in the northwest and highest temperatures of 5 to 9C.
Monday night will be dry with good clear spells and cloud pushing in across the northwest overnight, bringing some patchy drizzle towards dawn.
Overnight lows will drop to between -1 to +4C, with a touch of frost in places. Southwest winds will strengthen in the northwest, but will stay light elsewhere allowing some mist and fog patches to form.
A forecaster said for the days ahead: “Cloudy for much of Connacht and Ulster [on Tuesday] with patchy rain and drizzle at times through the day and moderate to fresh southwest winds.
“Holding dry in Munster and Leinster with some sunny spells and light to moderate southwest winds. Highest temperatures of 8 to 11C.
“Generally cloudy with some clear spells in the south [on Tuesday night]. Staying largely dry but light patchy rain or drizzle will push into the northwest in fresh to strong southwesterly winds.
“Lowest temperatures of 7 to 10C across the north and west, colder in the south and east with lows of 4 to 6C.”
They continued: “Cloudy with outbreaks of rain developing over the northern half of the country [on Wednesday].
“Staying much drier with sunny spells in the south, with just patches of drizzle. Highest temperatures of 9 to 11C.
“The rain and drizzle over the northern half of the country will gradually ease as winds become light [on Wednesday night]. Further south, clearer skies and light winds will allow patchy mist or fog to develop. Lowest temperatures of 6 to 9C.
“Thursday [will be a] fairly cloudy day with limited bright spells, but generally dry and calm. Highest temperatures of 8 to 10C.
“Largely cloudy for Friday and the weekend but staying mainly dry although the odd spot of light rain or drizzle is possible. Generally light southerly winds with temperatures staying in the high single figures.”
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